New EPA Rule Tightens Lead Standards By 90 Percent

Law360 (October 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated its national emissions standards for lead, tightening the allowable lead level tenfold.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson signed off on the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead on Wednesday, setting a new primary standard of .15 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) and a secondary standard at the same level.

While lead emissions have dropped significantly — nearly 97 percent since 1980 — Johnson said on Thursday that the new, stronger...
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